Janelle Monáe’s style can be described as flawless and simplistic. From her natural hair styles, to her dewy faced make-up, she takes ‘chic’ to a whole new level. Janelle’s signature style from the start has always been her black and white ensembles. Many people have wondered about the reasoning behind her ever present tuxedo pants and jackets, others have just accepted it as her own unique form of expression.
“It’s a dedication to uniformity and I’m a minimalist by heart, but a lot of it had to do with me wanting to have a uniform like the working class, like my mom and my grandmother,” Monáe told The Huffington Post.
“My grandmother had 16 sisters and brothers and they all had to share one pair of shoes,” Monáe explained. “And so that’s the family that I come from — I don’t ever want to be detached from that. I use it as motivation for my music and to just keep me centered, grounded and to stay on message,” Monáe said.
Monáe is currently on the cover of this month’s Essence, and recently celebrated the accomplishment at a party in New York City, where she was honored with a framed copy of the magazine. During her speech, expressed gratitude for being chosen for the cover.
“This didn’t have to be my life,” Monáe said as tears filled her eyes. “I’m genuinely moved and touched,” she added and paused again after becoming overwhelmed with emotion.
“There are lots of beautiful young women of color out there who would look just as gorgeous or even more gorgeous on this cover and for you guys to see something in me — and for my story to connect in a way that you allowed me to tell and have this platform to tell my story to your readers, is just something I won’t take for granted,” she said.